THE ROLLING STONES | BLUE AND LONESOME
By Emery Columna
Here is The Rolling Stones album I have been waiting for my whole life, literally. I am 54.
So many giants of The Blues have gone on and left me and the only rhino remaining is Buddy Guy. I think the passing of B.B. King may have been the impetus for The Stones to record a Blues album.
This is as authentic a blues as you’re going to find these days.
It is a breath of fresh air for me. I’ve had to sit with this album for a couple months, patiently waiting for the words to come to me so I could give my deeply felt thoughts about Blue and Lonesome.
Everybody knows Keith Richards is a blues hound, but Mick Jagger’s big blue thumb is all over this album.
If you want to get an idea of what Mick Jagger is like, then here’s your album. Don’t take my word for it. Ask Keith Richards.
Keith has said that Mick is his essential self when he’s playing a harmonica… You can really hear Mick’s soul exhale on this album, if you listen closely. Mick has a profound grasp of the instrument and can suck and blow that harp! My man can make that thang sound like a freight train!!!
The other thing of note is Mick’s got the blues hollar going on strong on this album.
Now there’s always Keith… It wouldn’t be a proper blues album without Keith. His guitar tones are reservedly dark and greezy, and he lays down this subtle underpinning from which Mick can cast his voice.
I would be remiss if I did not tip my hat to Ron Wood, who excels at letting the spotlight find him. He is extraordinary at adding texture to everything Keith does on this album and everything they’ve ever done together. They have woven a special tapestry on this album.
I wonder if Charlie Watts was recording on top of a 19” pine platform… The drums sound like Chicago Blues.
All the songs are great, but the special one for me is Willie Dixon’s I Can’t Quit You Baby.
It’s kind of kool that Eric Clapton is playing lead guitar on this one and Eric’s solo is so uniquely unlike the Otis Rush version or Jimmy Page’s take on the song. What a great way to close out an outstanding album!
Sorry it took so long, but I had to save up enough of me to give back to Keith and Mick.
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MAAF Box Listening Pleasure:
Just Your Fool, Blue and Lonesome, I Gotta Go, Everybody Knows About My Good Thing, Ride ‘Em On Down, Hate To See You Go, Just Like I Treat You, I Can’t Quit You Baby